August 21st 2012 6:00 am PT

A look at content coming soon to the Xbox

Here is a look at some of the upcoming content scheduled for the Xbox LIVE Marketplace.*

See the blog post I’ll make for many of these for pricing and/or regional availability and follow me on Twitter for updates.

Xbox LIVE Arcade  Release Date MS Points
Counter Strike: Global Offensive 22-Aug 1200
JOJO’s Bizarre Adventure HD 22-Aug 1600
Rock Band Blitz 29-Aug 1200
Add-ons Release Date MS Points
Mass Effect 3: Leviathan 28-Aug 800
Deal of the Week Discount Dates Price
TNT Racers 21-Aug to 27-Aug 400 (50% off)
Faery   600 (50% off)
Crazy Machine Elements   400 (50% off)
Dead Block   400 (50% off)
Dead Block – More Dead to Block Map Pack   120 (50% off)
Skydrift   600 (50% off)
Skydrift – Extreme Fighters Pack   80 (50% off)
Skydrift – Gladiator Pack   200 (50% off)
Ubisoft 28-Aug to 3-Sept  
Assassin’s Creed Revelations Ancestors Character Pack   160 (50% off)
Assassin’s Creed Revelations Mediterranean Traveler Map Pack   400 (50% off)
Assassin’s Creed Revelations The Lost Archive   400 (50% off)
Assassin’s Creed Revelations – Codex   120 (50% off)
Assassin’s Creed Revelations – Eagle   120 (50% off)
Assassin’s Creed Revelations – Piece of Eden   120 (50% off)
Special Sales Discount Dates Price
Kinect Central- Forza Motorsport 4 May TopGear Car Pack 21-Aug to 27-Aug 280 (50% off)
Kinect Central – The Gunstringer: El Diablo’s ‘Merican Adventure 28-Aug to 3-Sept 120 (50% off)
Rockstar Publisher Sale 28-Aug to 3-Sept Up to 50% off
Games on Demand Release Date  
Left 4 Dead 21-Aug  
Ratatouille 21-Aug  
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City 21-Aug  
Metal Gear Solid HD 21-Aug  

*As with all game related releases, dates, prices and availability are subject to change and vary by region.

Arcade, Deal, Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox 360 Games On Demand By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • AvaProCrit Wrestling

    Still no Fire Pro Wrestling…

    • mcmax3000

      Given most people thought that game was dead until recently, I wouldn’t necessarily expect it soon.

      Besides, unless it’s gotten a complete overhaul since PAX East 2011, I can tell you from experience that it’s not something worth looking forward to.

  • André Soares Silva

    No deals for me, as usual. Ergo, I’ll remain silver.

    Is there any chance we’ll be seeing an American Nightmare DotW BEFORE the Holiday Deals?

  • mcmax3000

    I would probably pick up that Forza car pack, since I don’t have any of the packs from after the end of the season pass, but Kinect Central isn’t available outside the US, so I guess I’ll just have to keep my MS points.

  • Emerson Takahashi

    Metal Gear Solid HD Collection or the remastered Metal Gear Solid?

    • mcmax3000

      I would guess it’s the HD Collection. Can’t see them putting a remake of the original game on Games on Demand instead of XBLA.

      • Emerson Takahashi

        Makes sense. So it’s not described very well

        • Buster Wolf

          It’s 2 and 3, no Peace Walker.

          • Fernando Coli Viotto

            Actually Peace Walker also comes with HD Collection :) I mean, MG2, 3 and Peace Walker.


          • Buster Wolf

            Yes, but Peace Walker does not come with the Games on Demand version of MGS HD Collection. That’s what I was saying.

          • Fernando Coli Viotto

            I had to see it to believe… and you were right! OMG that is sad :/

          • Buster Wolf

            It’s listed as a separate game in the retail collection, with 1000 Gamerscore all to itself, so maybe Peace Walker will hit separately.

          • Justin A Stewart

            they should have included Peace Walker!

          • Buster Wolf

            Confirmed to launch next week on XBLM.

          • Justin Stewart

            so they are adding it to the metal gear solid collection or separate from it?

          • Buster Wolf

            Separate release.

  • Z4M0

    another rockstar publisher sale, LMAO, here we go again red dead…

    BTW, Assassins Creed fans should be full of joy, and those wanting complete games too, as Dead block and crazy machines looked pretty fun back when I demoed them.

    Good selection this time. Don’t forget Shuggy has been permanently reduced to 400 msp too!

    • ryder4life22187

      im guessing that GTAIV dlc will also be on sale as well seeing as they had the game on demand version discounted the other day

      • Z4M0

        …and GTA 5 is arround the corner so they have to sell IV stuff while the hype is hot :)

    • Fernando Coli Viotto

      Got the demo from Shuggy and liked it! I don’t know anything about the other available titles on sales but will look forward to try them.

      I knew that our Sales buddies would not let us keep another week without Red Dead on catalog… I barely can wait for another Borderlands promotion as well.. *cough* NOT *cough*

      At least we had different deals this time! Am I being too optimist about what is coming next?

      • Z4M0

        If weren’t optimist, people would be hanging from trees long ago, I meant quitting our gold subscriptions without a second thougt…

        400 msp is a fairly decent pricetag, and those titles are 1st time discounted, not to say there’s variety (genres from puzzle, to racing, platform, etc. -if we take perma-reductions into account too-)

  • Ganon255

    I’m still having a hard time with $20 for JOJO’s Bizarre Adventure.

    • Buster Wolf

      I’m not, it made my decision not to buy it that much easier! :D

    • E.Nich

      I’m not having a bad time, I simply won’t get it for that price.

      • Buster Wolf

        “If you buy JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure at that price, you’re gonna have a bad time…”

    • Fernando Coli Viotto

      Capcom generally puts overrated prices over all their titles. I’m not getting it as well.

  • LPHeadstrong

    Finally AC:Revelations DLC! Been waiting a while for that! And MGSHD? Score!

    Deals have really improved the last few weeks! Thanks Major and the guys in charge of DotW who clearly do read these comments!

    • Crown_Lager

      Nothing that interests me personally, but I agree. Much better effort – now keep it up ;)

      • Buster Wolf

        Well, it’s a start, Wait a second, “Rockstar Publisher Sale”?

        One step forward, two steps back…

  • McWetty

    Outstanding deals. If this keeps up more than 2 weeks, I’ll start to trust my Gold account a little more.

  • Lee Rayson

    MAss effect DLC for me, though some of the arcade games peak my interest. also was hoping walking dead ep3 would be there

    • We Are Csquad!

      next week =’p

    • We Are Csquad!

      walking dead is out next week. HEARD IT HERE FIRST!!!!

      • mcmax3000

        I could not possibly hope you’re more wrong about that…

        ME3 DLC, Walking Dead Ep 3, and Rock Band Blitz… all in PAX week? That would just be cruel.

      • Lee Rayson

        Well i heard it first at IGN but i never trust them due to the reviews they give games that seem to hype top title games like crazy

  • We Are Csquad!

    Also both bomberman games are on sale for 400msp and 1 dlc pack for 120msp in the sales and specials + app. you should promote that and the recently reduced section on here major!!

    • Z4M0

      LMAO would buy last bomberman game in a blink but again, no sales and specials APP avaliable where I live. I felt exited for a moment but then the regional locking (app) bit of info came in. Thanks for sharing, anyways

    • Buster Wolf

      Or we can stop being silly and having deals that only work inside the app when it would be better for everyone if said deals were just added to the selection on the dashboard and web marketplace.

      I don’t mind the app, what I mind is app-only deals that are otherwise unadvertised, even on here! Deals that I can’t grab if I’m away from my console, completely defeating the point of web marketplace.
      I’m quite clued-up on this kind of thing, but if I were to buy something and then find out buying it through the app would have been cheaper I would be LIVID! And anyone else here would be too.

      Not to mention the app is STILL glitched in such a way that you can buy something twice, with the app not recognising purchases you’ve made via the dashboard and the dashboard not recognising purchases you’ve made via the app.

      • mcmax3000

        It’s not a glitch. It’s the way they do it when they have one piece of content with multiple prices, depending on where you purchase it. It’s technically two different listings for the same piece of content.

        It’s the same as how if you get a Season Pass for one of the games that uses it, you have to download the content through the game (so you can get it for free, because the game can recognize your season pass), and if you look at the content on the dashboard afterwards, it still shows that you don’t own it, so you could technically buy it twice.

        I agree that it’s something they really need to work on, but I’m guessing it’s likely something that won’t change until the next console, as they probably will need to completely overhaul the Marketplace system to properly recognize things like multiple price points for one piece of content.

        Of course, just not having multiple price points in this situation would be much preferred, for the reasons you mentioned, plus it would allow those of us outside the US who don’t have access to the Sales & Specials app to actually take advantage of these.

        • Buster Wolf

          See that’s a sound theory but it’s not quite right, because Chain Reaction _DOES_ notice when you already own something. Well, sometimes. If it feels like it.

          And to further debunk your theory, Chain Reaction picked up on individual Gears of War DLCs that I owned. Thing is, I own the Season Pass.

          And I’m in the UK so it’s not entirely a regional thing.

          • mcmax3000

            I was under the impression that the Sales & Specials app was US only, so on that account, I was wrong, but it is fairly limited. I don’t have access to it here in Canada (same with Kinect central).

            As for the rest of my comment, I don’t know about Gears 3, never played it so it could be handled differently, but the other games I’ve purchased a Season Pass for, none of them show the individual DLC as purchased when I look those items up in the Marketplace, either on the console or on the web.

            I have no idea what ‘Chain Reaction’ is, so I’m not sure what you’re referring to there.

      • Z4M0

        If I was able to get SINE MORA discounted and now bomberman, I wouldn’t have enough points for Counter-Strike. And oddly, the more you have, the more you want so, I’d have purchased more points for CS:GO tomorrow.

        But those being app-only deals prevented me from using all my points. Sure, I’ll be taking about three games this week, but will still have remaining points and thus, not needing to buy more, wich indeed is the purpose of business… make us “waste points” no matter how so we hav to buy more.

        Will never understand restrictive sales policy of microsoft; limit deals to specific regions or games to gold subscribers only (the ones that are multiplayer only, that’s it)

        • Buster Wolf

          Well the gold-only sales is supposed to be an incentive to stay gold, an incentive which frankly hasn’t been up to scratch for a while (but you’re getting there, MS, you’re getting there), and to be honest paying members should get more. A bigger discount than silver members on everyone-sales would be nice too. Say, 60%+

          On everything else regarding “restricted sales”, you’re damn right.
          Example that comes to my mind is when Half-Minute Hero was only on sale in Japan because the “proper” deal was for something unavailable there (I think it was some Kinect tripe?). I saw a bit of hubbub here from people who would have bought it.

          • Z4M0

            you are right about HALF-MINUTE HERO. Was it Japan or Germany ? anyway, Microsoft comunity / user / marketing services lately are awkward at best.

  • Nicholas J. Ambrose

    Really great set of deals this week – I’ll definitely be giving TNT Racers a go! And I’ve already got a trial of Shuggy lined up now it has been permanently dropped in price.

    If anyone from Microsoft is reading: any chance of a Final Fantasy XIII-2 DLC DotW sometime soon? I want to buy the content, but it’s just so pricey that I haven’t bothered yet.

    • Buster Wolf

      +1 for FF 13-2 DLC sales please. ShopTo’s doing the game really cheap and I’d like to pick it and the DLC up and then just pig out.

      50% off minimum though.

  • Schultz

    CounterStrike:GO GO GO!! “Bomb has been planted…” CoD killer, for those who know.

    • Buster Wolf

      Sad truth is most don’t.

    • Lee Rayson

      CoD killer? No… The beta wasnt that great and it will disapoint people it was a great game back in the day but in the present it shows it age even with the HD facelift

  • Ricardo Dawkins

    Good. I like these deals. keep it up.

  • Ricardo Dawkins

    Good. I like these deals. keep it up.

  • Lukas Heinzel

    With stuff like this, you know how bad PSN must sell, if MS doesnt even need to have even a little similar good deals. People buy MS Stuff anyway.

    • Lee Rayson

      Exactly, PSN+ gave Walking Dead Ep 1,2 for free with PSN+ but Telltale will still of wanted moeny for that and Sony would of had to play for it

  • fsdfg dsfds

    Just Lame

  • Sterling Maverick White

    Soooooo the scott pilgrim wallace DLC just falls off the face of the Earth?

    • mcmax3000

      Delayed. Joystiq posted an article about it a day or two ago.

      • Buster Wolf

        The Major also pulled it from the list of upcoming add-ons.
        (Which was on Page 2.)
        (Without a note.)

        • Sterling Maverick White

          Yeah after I posted this I found the article. WEAK. Thanks. It was just weird when it was supposed to drop NOTHING was reported. lol

  • Fernando Coli Viotto

    Do someone could explain me what is the criteria to a game enter the “Games on Demand” category?

    I’m frustrated because this Resident Evil (which is a real bad game) got into it 1st than Sonic Generations :(

    • Buster Wolf

      Sonic Generations is cheap as chips now anyway, even if it was on Games on Demand it would cost far far too much. Wouldn’t mind SEGA releasing Sonic Colours in HD on Games on Demand for £14.99 though, that game looks gorgeous on Dolphin.

      You better not be talking about Resi 4 there, boyo. If you mean CVX… yeah okay.

      • Fernando Coli Viotto

        LOL – I was just talking about Raccoon “Bug” City!

        • Buster Wolf

          Oh yeah, feel free to talk smack about that one. :D

    • BostonSup

      My guess is that the Publisher has to OK it going into GoD first.

      The publisher has to weigh in on if it would be smart to sell it only through discs or if they want to go digital too (the different methods also means different cuts (ie maybe MS gets a cut on each game sold, while the publisher can sell in bulk to stores for $30/disc… and if the store can’t sell more copies, the publisher still was paid), so that might be why some games go on before others even though it is from the same publisher.

      Popular games might get a deal from MS in return for it coming to GoD early.

  • Jamie Wood

    CS:GO Woot! Can’t wait to play it!!!!!

  • Volitar Prime

    Pinball Arcade DLC pack #3 also comes out on the 28th.

  • Jeff B

    I dont get it, i saw that the release date for counter strike was today, whats up with that?

  • Thânia Santos

    last week : PSN got 107 items (Games, DLC, etc) on sales
    this week : PSN got : 84 items on sales.

    This is available to any PSN user, not only ‘gold members’.

    and everybody can play online for free too!!!

    I have been a Gold member for almost 7 years now…
    but it simply does not feel usefull anymore.
    Next generation, I think I will switch to sony as first console.

  • Joseph Johnson

    It only took you guys like 2 years to put Left 4 Dead on the Marketplace… I was waiting for it and was willing to pay whatever price for the download.. but instead I just went out and got the disc for $5…

    • Thânia Santos

      I really do not understand this game on demand logic?!
      it is always for old games,
      and as soon as they hit the xbla marketplace,
      you can easily find that same game boxed incredibly cheaper!
      whats the use?
      if only it would come out (almost) at the same time as the boxed version, I could understand.